Northeast of Boise and southwest of Atlanta in the Boise National Forest, the Hot Creek Trail #047 is a 10 mile hiking route between Phifer Creek Road (FS156) at 5400ft and James Creek Road (FS126) at 7700ft. This lightly used, challenging route rolls over several major drainages.
To reach the hiking trailhead from the intersections of Quarts Street and Middle Fork Road in Atlanta, go west on Middle Fork Rd. for 1.8 miles. Branch left to the James Creek Road and head west/south for 4.7 miles to the trailhead on the right.
Overall, Hot Creek Trail is the 16th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in Idaho.